Why is my duck not sitting on her eggs?

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Since: Feb 10

Sandhurst, UK

#1 Feb 17, 2010
I have a Rouen pair and an Appleyard female, which are free range although they are penned together overnight. Over the past 3 days, they have laid 10 eggs between them, all in the same nest in a house in their overnight pen. But I have not seen either hen sitting on the eggs. I have seen them mating on numerous occasions, so I think the eggs must be fetilsed, but they are too busy free-ranging to look after the eggs! They have food & water in the pen & can come & go as they please during the day, I have felt the eggs on a couple of occasions and they feel cold. Are the hens likely to sit these eggs at some point or should I remove them from the nest and let them start again at a later date?
duckie

Wolverhampton, UK

#2 Apr 19, 2010
I have the same problem what was the answer ? I would love them to hatch she layed 1 and then another 3 last night but is not sitting on them
jemoulding wrote:
I have a Rouen pair and an Appleyard female, which are free range although they are penned together overnight. Over the past 3 days, they have laid 10 eggs between them, all in the same nest in a house in their overnight pen. But I have not seen either hen sitting on the eggs. I have seen them mating on numerous occasions, so I think the eggs must be fetilsed, but they are too busy free-ranging to look after the eggs! They have food & water in the pen & can come & go as they please during the day, I have felt the eggs on a couple of occasions and they feel cold. Are the hens likely to sit these eggs at some point or should I remove them from the nest and let them start again at a later date?
Bryan

Sulphur, LA

#3 Nov 25, 2010
Generally hens will lay eggs until they are satisfied with the number of eggs in the nest and then begin sitting. One of my mallard hens made it to 16 before she started sitting a couple of weeks ago.
jay

Iguala, Mexico

#4 Feb 26, 2012
i have the same problem ,how many eggs will she lay
kate cornwall

Par, UK

#5 Mar 17, 2012
duckie wrote:
I have the same problem what was the answer ? I would love them to hatch she layed 1 and then another 3 last night but is not sitting on them<quoted text>
i just got khaki cambells and the breeder told me they wont sit at all and i have to get an incubator. ha1 so much for my little dream of mummy and daddy raising ducklings . i thought nature would take over but maybe not... shame isnt it.
duckgirl

Downingtown, PA

#6 Mar 27, 2012
i have the same problem!i have two females and one male they get along with my geese and chikens good and the ducks have ten eggs in all but wont sit. my mallard is the main one who sits, the other somtimes.but none of them are setting yet so i gave five to my broody chiken. then the other four i just put them in there nest. i heard they wait untill they have good amount of eggs no matter how cold and then sit. also heard that if you want ducklings, muskocovy ducks are really good!
dana

Chandler, AZ

#7 Jun 6, 2012
my rouen female is housed with a turkey 4 hens and a rooster, she found a good spot away from everyone and has laid 8 eggs and is just today sitting on them, from what i read it will be around 28 days before they hatch, she comes off them early in the day to eat and drink and goes back. also from what i have read if you have alot of females laying in the same nest it doesnt matter to them, one of them will hatch all the eggs, whoever decides to sit on them first and raise them for their own. she laid about 12 before but must have sensed they were not fertile b/c she would never sit on them so now i think she can tell somehow these are alive so she is finally sitting! will post babies when they arrive! gonna have to pen off the babies from the rest of the herd cause they wont put up with them in the same pen.
marci

Guntersville, AL

#8 Nov 6, 2012
My duck has been laying for about 3 wks. She has a nest in my flower garden under an azalea bush with 28 eggs that she keeps partially covered with mulch. This morning I found another nest right in the middle of my monkey grass with a new egg. This nest is just a few feet away from the other. I am totally confused. Why so many eggs and why another nest. What should I do? just another note....each nest is beside a door that we use daily. Does this have anything to do with this since she wld be disturbed if sitting?
dognes

Pittsburgh, PA

#9 Nov 29, 2012
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It may take a couple of weeks to lay enough, but ducks will sit on their eggs for 28 days. When she is satisfied with her clutch or group of eggs, she will start sitting. Eggs that are not hatched after 35 days are most likely bad. You should throw them out. She may move an egg out of her clutch. That one is bad. Do not put it back. It may not be fertilized
Debbie

Lafayette, LA

#10 Aug 19, 2013
Why do I get soft eggs from my Peking ducks? Also, my one female would lay on her eggs during the morning hours and maybe a few hours in the afternoon hours. But she would walk around the yard maybe laying a egg wherever, even in their pool. After 28 days, the eggs were gone in her nest. No ducklings, one shell was broken open. Do you know what could of happened
clay gill

Canton, OH

#11 Feb 2, 2014
hi i have 2 ancona duck a mail and a femail she laid one egg but its still cold and snowing where im at but y did she just lay one
Jill Henrietta

Liverpool, UK

#12 Mar 6, 2014
duckie wrote:
I have the same problem what was the answer ? I would love them to hatch she layed 1 and then another 3 last night but is not sitting on them<quoted text>
Hello

I have 5 geese and seven chicken I advise you don't put food in the hut because it can attract rodents like mise and rats to the hut and they may take the eggs. Unfortunately I learnt this the hard wat and I ended up with no goslings.
john leyland

UK

#13 Mar 19, 2014
A duck has laid eggs in a bush in my garden over a period of 1 wk...she does not sit on them but has 2 male ducks following her will these eggs hatch?
Lizbeth Barnes

Sheffield, UK

#14 Mar 26, 2014
Interesting reading this thread.
My two Muscovy ladies have laid 12 eggs now, since the 7th appeared one of the females sits on the eggs at night but not in the day.
One of my chickens will sit on them every now and again.
I've no idea what's going on, but if incubation has started I'm guessing the long periods where they aren't sat will likely kill them, won't it?
Duckman

Amsterdam, NY

#15 Apr 13, 2014
Yea I have a cayuga female and a male pekin I can see the ring around the yolk so they are fertile but she will not lay on them should I leave them with her and not take them from her..?

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